Panama Ocean Club Hotel wins battle to take Trump tag off name

Ocean Club InternationalA court in Panama has ruled in favour of a luxury hotel owner’s fight to eradicate the Trump logo from the establishment’s name. Blaming the Trump logo for ever-decreasing numbers of guests, Orestes Fintiklis launched legal action designed to remove the Trump branding and annul a management contract with the Trump Organization.

Within hours of the court’s ruling on Monday, workers transformed the signage at the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel to plain old Ocean Club International Hotel. Hailing the court’s decision, Mr Fintiklis claimed it was a victory for common sense and a demonstration of the fairness of the nation’s judiciary.

The confrontation between the Cypriot businessman and the Trump Organization had lasted for a week before Trump was hacked off the sign at the front entrance of the 70-storey skyscraper. Police were called in to enforce the court’s ruling and forcibly eject Trump employees from the premises.

Mr Fintiklis’s representatives had already filed a suit in the US which alleged being associated with the Trump name was turning into a liability. The lawsuit called for an immediate termination of the hotel management contract. Trump representatives said the majority shareholder in the Ocean Club would be in breach of contract.

Even after Monday’s court decision, the Trump Organization issued a statement saying the battle was not over yet and would be appealing. The statement added that the organisation expected to recover its legal costs plus compensation for damages from the appeal.



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